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From working life into higher education
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och folkbildning)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1194-9708
2013 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, a relatively high number of students have a background in working life before entering higher education. Measures have also been taken to widen admission among adults with working-life experience. The admission to Swedish higher education is governed through a two-step selection system. Firstly eligibility is assessed through varying measures, to secure that students have the ability to take the course or program in question. Secondly, if there are more eligible applicants than study places, a selection process is undertaken based on partly other measures. The focus of this paper is the first step, eligibility, and particularly applicants who were employing the 25:4 scheme, a measure for eligibility that was introduced to widen access to higher education in the 1970s, and which is now abandoned. The scheme meant that an age of 25 and 4 years work experience were the main criteria in an alternative track for basic eligibility. The aim of this study is to describe choices and trajectories in relation to higher education among 25:4 applicants, and their experiences of factors that could influence their choices.


The analysis is based on a follow-up survey distributed to a sample of 25:4 applicants from the autumn admission round of 2008, the last admission round when the decision to abandon the 25:4 scheme still had not had any influence on applicants’ opportunities. The results identify patterns of application, admittance, completion of studies, and drop-out, in this group. Particularly, applicants’ experiences of choice and drop-out are focused upon. For example, it is shown that almost 90 % were admitted to their first-hand choice, which means that the selection process was not that decisive in this group, but the eligibility was central to be able to be admitted. Further, it is shown how the importance of a course is influenced by its value in terms of working-life opportunities, but also how individual knowledge interests and family situations influence the choices of the applicants.

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2013. 1-6 p.
Keyword [en]
eligibility, 25:4
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-90226OAI: diva2:612391
Fifth Nordic Conference on Adult Learning, Reykjavik, Iceland, March 5-6, 2013 and the 41st NERA Congress, Reykjavik, Iceland, March 7-9, 2013
Vuxnas val att studera
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2013-03-21 Created: 2013-03-21 Last updated: 2014-10-08

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